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Twice Cooked Pork With Star Anise

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This is a traditional Chinese way of dealing with fattier cuts of meat and it really works.

To ensure your dish is gluten free, if you need to, check your hoisin sauce, rice wine and chilli bean sauce as these are the places that gluten will be hiding. You can use sherry as an alternative to the rice wine if necessary.

This is a BIG quantity, it will feed 12 at least! I like to freeze leftovers in individual boxes with some cooked rice for easy dinners another day.

Ingredients

2.2 kg meaty spare ribs

80g fresh ginger, scrubbed and sliced, I don’t bother peeling it

4 spring onions, topped and tailed and cut into 3-5cm lengths

6 star anise

8 peppercorns

salt

50mls oil

4 garlic cloves, finely sliced

700g red capsicum, deseeded, sliced into 5cm pieces

400g red onion, peeled and cut into wedges

2 leeks, white part only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2cm semi circles and washed

3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

100g gluten free chilli bean sauce

200mls chicken stock

100mls Chinese rice wine

10g sugar

2 spring onions, topped and tailed and finely sliced

Method

Fill a large, I use a six litre pan, with cold water, salt it well and add the spare ribs.

Bring the pan up to the boil and simmer for five minutes, skim off any impurities.

Add the ginger, spring onions, star anise and pepper.

Bring back up to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.

Drain the meat in a colander and discard the ginger, spring onions, star anise and peppercorns.

Once the meat is cool enough to handle, gently remove the bones and gristle and cut into 1-2 cm cubes.

Bring a large frying pan or wok up to a high heat, add the oil.

Once the oil is hot, stir fry the pork until the fat is rendering and it’s becoming crispy. This can take 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your meat and strength of your heat source.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the pork, set the meat aside and drain off most of the fat in the pan.

Return the pan to the heat and add the garlic, capsicum, onion and leeks. Stir fry for 5 minutes.

Return the meat to the pan, stir well.

Combine the soy sauce, chilli bean sauce, chicken stock, rice wine and sugar in a jug, stir well and then pour into the meat mix.

Stir to combine and then cover, bring up to a simmer, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Serve topped with the last two spring onions.

 

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Apple And Walnut Salad

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A lovely crisp and crunchy salad.

Summer is fast approaching in Western Australia so salads are making a come back. I find that fussy kids are more likely to eat salad when it features fruit and nuts!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced finely

75g walnut halves, broken a little by hand

150g baby spinach

2 spring onions, finely sliced

a handful of roughly chopped coriander

DRESSING

2 tablespoons olive oil

juice of 1/2 a lime

salt and pepper

Method

Take a dry frying pan, add the nuts and heat gently over a medium heat until a little roasted, remove from the pan and set aside to cool.

Layer up the salad, leaves apple, nuts, onions and coriander.

Combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.

Serve immediately or the apples may brown.

Yakitori Chicken Wings

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Obviously not authentic barbecued yakitori chicken here but still delicious and rather moreish with the sticky sweet marinade.

I use Tamari or gluten free soy sauce but regular works too and you can cook these on the barbecue for a more authentic flavour.

Leftovers, if you have any, are great for lunch boxes.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.4kg chicken nibbles, tips removed and wings halved at the joint

60mls gluten free soy sauce or Tamari

60mls mirin

80mls maple syrup

2 spring onions, very finely sliced

Method

Combine all of the ingredients, except a few slices of onion, in a zip lock bag and allow to marinade for 2-8 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade and line two baking trays with baking parchment.

Lay the chicken on the baking trays skin side up and scoop out the spring onion slices and spread them over the top.

Pop in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, basting regularly , first baste with the leftover marinade and the remaining bastes with the pan juices.

Keep and eye on the chicken, towards the end it will want to burn!

To serve, pile the wings on a plate and then sprinkle over the reserved spring onion.